Microsoft announces Visual Studio 2019: Here’s what’s new

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Visual Studio is one of the foremost IDEs (Integrated Development Environment) for software design. It includes a code editor and debugger for programmers. As such, Microsoft’s recent announcement that it will launch Visual Studio 2019 is certainly an exciting one for software developers the world over.

Mr. Montgomery, Microsoft’s director of program management, confirmed Visual Studio 2019 on the VS blog. There he stated that Microsoft planned to launch Visual Studio 2019 quickly. He also said that the company will make sure that upgrading to VS 2019 will be more straightforward without any major platform upgrade required.

Mr. Montgomery did not reveal much about what new tools the latest Visual Studio will include. However, he did hint that VS 2019 will include an enhanced debugger and refactorings. Furthermore, Microsoft will also enhance Live Share for real-time developer collaboration. In the blog post announcement, Mr. Montgomery stated:

We remain committed to making Visual Studio faster, more reliable, more productive for individuals and teams, easier to use, and easier to get started with. Expect more and better refactorings, better navigation, more capabilities in the debugger, faster solution load, and faster builds. But also expect us to continue to explore how connected capabilities like Live Share can enable developers to collaborate in real-time from across the world and how we can make cloud scenarios like working with online source repositories more seamless.

The VS 2019 announcement comes soon after Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub. GitHub is an open-source repository for code libraries, and Mr. Montgomery stated that “Git integration generally is something we are going to get much better at.” As such, Visual Studio 2019 will probably also incorporate extended GitHub integration.

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Mr. Montgomery addressed further questions about Visual Studio 2019 on the VS blog. There Visual Studio users stated that they hope VS 2019 will include an enhanced XAML designer and a fixed WinForms designer among other things. One VS user also stated that Microsoft needs to ensure SSDT is ready when Visual Studio 2019 launches.

Microsoft did not provide any specific launch date for VS 2019. However, there will not be many release delays for it as Mr. Montgomery stated that Microsoft will launch Visual Studio 2019 “quickly and iteratively.” So, the company will probably release a VS 2019 preview build within the next few months.

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